Queen Victoria Building Sydney

The Queen Victoria Building is possibly the most beautiful shopping centre in the world.

Exterior of the Queen Victoria Building at night
Exterior of the Queen Victoria Building at night cc licensed photo by David Lee

The magnificent Queen Victoria Building, or QVB for short, is an architectural delight that should not be missed during you visit to Sydney. It is definitely one of the most beautiful shopping centres in the world and stunning to say the least. The QVB was completed in 1898 in the midst of a severe recession. The intricate Romanesque architecture topped with a centre dome required the employment many skilled craftsmen who would otherwise have been out of work during this difficult time.

When it first opened the QVB housed a concert hall, offices, warehouse space and shop space for many different services and tradespeople. Eventually the Concert Hall was replaced by the City Library and then, after a major retrofit in the 1930's, Sydney's City Council became the primary tenant.

The building gradually became run down again over the years and there was even some consideration of demolition. Fortunately, through a partnership agreement the building was painstakingly restored again between 1984 and 1986 followed by another refurbishing in 2009 for a total investment of $134 million.

The Queen Victoria Building now has many boutique shops and services throughout it's 4 levels. Outside the south end of the building the Bicentennial Plaza features a statue of Queen Victoria and the Royal Wishing Well which raises funds to benefit children who are deaf or blind.

There are many more interesting features and details in this incredible and beautifully detailed building - too many to mention here. This is one shopping centre where you may want to bring your camera.

Nearby attractions: Sydney Tower, Pitt Street Mall, Sydney Town Hall, Saint Andrew's Cathedral and Hyde Park.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Address: 455 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Phone: (02) 9265 6800

Official Website: Queen Victoria Building Sydney

Directions

Train Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Light RailCapitol Square12 minutes
T1, T2, T3 or T4Town Hall1 minute
T2 or T3St. James3 minutes

How to get to Queen Victoria Building Sydney by Train

By Light Rail: Exit at Capitol Square and go right (north) on George Street.

By Train:Town Hall Station has a direct underground passage to the QVB (1 minute) or Exit St. James Station onto Elizabeth Street and cross over and continue west on Market Street (3 minutes).

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Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5Queen Victoria Building Star Rating

4 Star Rating Architecturally beautiful building with interesting features and characteristics both inside and out. Plenty of natural light pouring in to give it a spacious and open feel. Having said that, I would not necessarily come here for the shopping given the commonly found commercial brands that are here.

Andy Ng - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating Cafes. High teas, bags, watches, designers clothes and rare pink argyle diamonds. Plenty of antiques and gifts ideas. Bathrooms at each ends of the building, as well as lifts. So many cafes to choose each offering food and drinks. Perfect for meeting place, resting or sit around chatting with friends. The middle section has huge piano that anyone can play and the sounds echoes beautifully. During festive seasons huge display in the middle empty ground to roof, like Christmas tree or floral display.

Cheap Eats Holidays Banyen Guo - 10 days ago

5 Star Rating Beautiful, can be a little hectic with all the people in it, so pace yourself and take time to look up and around. Spoil yourself by having a coffee and a cake and always try to take time to check out the grand clock and central dome decorations from the ground floor. Perfect place for pics inside and out. Town hall station is just below so convenience personified.

ahaggie - 12 days ago

4 Star Rating It is absolutely gorgeous! I love the architecture and it's so well maintained just being in the building is an experience already! The food there can be quite overpriced, but then again so are all the designer stores. It was very beautiful though, I would definitely come again!

Amy Pham - 17 days ago

5 Star Rating Glorious historical building, loving retained and restored. Connected underground to Town Hall Station in one direction, and Myer in the other, so you can walk for quite a distance underground, which is handy on a hot day or when it is raining. Victoria's Basement is in the basement and has every imaginable kitchen item you could ever want. More expensive shops on the higher levels, except the ABC shop and some nice, quiet cafes. Worth a look even if you are not an avid consumer.

Tracey Colley - 1 month ago

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